CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1990
Sometimes, she would forget the words. Nobody cared as long as Sarah Vaughan just kept on singing. Summer evenings under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl won't be the same this year without the incomparable Vaughan, the jazz vocal virtuoso who died this week of lung cancer at age 66 in her Los Angeles home. What a musical treasure was Sarah--the sound of her silky, rich and versatile vocal instrument was instantly identifiable.
May 28, 1989 |
Eclecticism will be the keynote at the 11th annual Playboy Jazz Festival June 17-18 at the Hollywood Bowl. For jazz-fusion fans there will be the likes of Stanley Clarke, George Duke and Spyro Gyra, but the cause of unhyphenated jazz will be well served by the big bands of Terry Gibbs and Illinois Jacquet, the combos of Art Blakey and Dave Brubeck, and a rare straight-ahead appearance by George Benson with the McCoy Tyner Trio. Among the five concerts scheduled for the "Jazz at the Bowl" summer series, the most intriguing is set for Aug. 9, with three big bands: Frank Foster leading the Basie ensemble, Mercer Ellington carrying on his father's legacy, and Louie Bellson with his always exciting ensemble, plus Carmen McRae as guest soloist.
March 17, 1985
Robert Shad, a veteran record executive probably best known for his productions at Mercury Records during the seminal stages of modern jazz, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his Beverly Hills home. He was 65 and had retired in 1977 after forming his own label, Mainstream, 10 years earlier. Shad came to Mercury in 1951 and for nearly 10 years was the artist and repertory executive for that label.
March 7, 2000
Bill Lewis Downer, 86, a music publisher and executive with Decca Records and MCA Music. Downer became head of Decca's northern music division in the 1940s and retained that position after the firm's merger with Universal Pictures into MCA Music. Among the songs he published and promoted were Victor Young and Edward Heyman's "When I Fall in Love," Jay Livingston and Ray Evans' "Tammy" and compositions by Henry Mancini and by Rod McKuen.
May 12, 1988 |
What, you may ask, is a Tuck & Patti? Good question, given the possibilities. It is not, for example, a WGA strike replacement for the Smothers Brothers, an Ice Follies clown act or a new cosmetic surgery procedure. In fact, the real Tuck & Patti--a singer/guitarist duo from San Francisco--are a lot more fascinating than any of the above.
May 10, 1986 |
Marlena Shaw hit the ground jumping at the Vine St. Bar & Grill on Thursday evening. Her opening song, a vintage Billie Holiday item called "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," accentuated her strong roots in jazz. Her distinctive timbre, with an occasional hint of Carmen McRae, was in evidence again during a verse-and-chorus treatment of "If You Could See Me Now."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2002 |
George Gaffney, a pianist who made a living accompanying some of the leading names in American song, including Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Engelbert Humperdink and, most notably, Sarah Vaughan, has died. He was 62. Gaffney died Dec. 4 in Los Angeles of complications from a severe stroke he suffered in September, friends reported. While hospitalized for surgery related to the stroke, he suffered a second stroke and never regained consciousness.
February 12, 1988 |
Singer Cissy Houston is not only pop singer Whitney Houston's mother and Dionne Warwick's aunt. She's also a highly regarded studio session vocalist who on her own, and with her group, the Sweet Inspirations, has backed the likes of Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Little Richard, Wilson Pickett, Carmen McRae and Herbie Mann. And she's a life-long gospel singer who for 18 years has been director of the radio choir of the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J.